Me and a friend are planning to go to balanced setups soon with either the HDVD800 or BHA-1. To save money and partially for kicks, we plan to DIY the HD800 balanced cables. What we're not sure about is the HD800 connectors which all seem to be different in some way. We're planning to buy Moon Audio HD800 connectors because they're the cheapest. The description says they fit up to 26 awg wire but we've seen cables with up to 18 awg wire that hook up to, seemingly, the same connectors. Meanwhile the stock HD800 cables I've read contain only 32 awg wire. So the question is, for those who've done it, what is a good gauge we can fit in Moon Audio connectors. Also I'm guessing the listed 26 awg support means it can fit 2x 26 awg conductors inside with some room left for the cable jacket and shielding and not that it can fit only a cable where total diameter with outer jacket is 26 awg.
Also, can anyone confirm the construction of the stock HD800 cable? I've read it uses silver coated, copper cable. We want to get bulk wire that is at least as good as the stock cable but we're not searching for upgrade cable necessarily as I am skeptical of the benefits of multi-hundred dollar cables. We only need to re-terminate the phones in balanced. We're looking at generic OFC shielded, twisted pair cables right now like Canare or Mogami microphone wire which is not silver coated. If this is vastly inferior to the HD800 stock cable, we could choose a more expensive bulk wire. We would prefer jacketed and twisted, dual conductor wire so we don't have to split the jacket and shielding for the L/R channels.
Also, it'd be great if someone could recommend a nice Y splitter that's not too bulky but good quality.